Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum allowed the Boston Celtics to beat Cleveland on Wednesday (111 – 101), but it is the return to the NBA of their new teammate of 36 years, back Joe Johnson, who stole the show.
Brown scored 34 points to lead the Celtics to victory over the Cavaliers, while Tatum added 17 points and Robert Williams III 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Celtics with seven players affected by Covid protocols – 19, they called in Johnson, a veteran with 17 seasons to his credit in the North American League and who had not played there since 2018, as well as winger CJ Miles, in the NBA for 15 years, to complete their workforce with the signing of ten-day contracts.
Johnson and Miles each spent two minutes on the floor, with two points scored for the first.
With this success, Boston climbs to 8th place in the Eastern Conference while Cleveland drops to 4th place.
“Add some older voices can’t hurt, ”Jaylen Brown said. “That can only help.”
Johnson was very applauded for his return.
“It’s great to be back here 20 years later. This has been amazing to me. It is still surreal but it’s a lot of fun “, underlined” Iso Joe “, author of more 19. points in his NBA career.
– Milwaukee passes 3rd –
“I really appreciate these Celtics fans. was exciting to have that kind of reaction. It’s special, “explained the seven-time All-Star and average scorer 16, 0 points in 1. 276 matches with Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Brooklyn, Miami, Utah and Houston.
Johnson sees his role as advising Brown and Tatum as much as adding to the workforce.
“I listen to them, I make sure they know what they need to do so that we are ictorious day after day, “he said.
The Milwaukee Bucks, reigning NBA champions, beat Houston (126 – 106).
Jrue Holiday has marked 24 points and issued 10 assists, while Khris Middleton added 22 points.
The Bucks rose to 19 wins for 13 defeats, in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, despite the absence of their Greek superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, also concerned by the Covid protocols – 18 of the NBA.
Opposite, Christian Wood has amassed 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets.
The German Franz Wagner scored 25 points and Gary Harris added more 17 during the success of the Orlando Magic in Atlanta 104 – 98.
The second weakest franchise in all conferences this season brought its record to 7 wins for 25 defeats with this fifth away success.
– Triple double for Gilgeous-Alexander –
On the Orlando side, Robin Lopez scored 000 points and distributed 11 assists, a career record. The Hawks, despite the 34 points of Cam Reddish and the 28 points and 11 rebounds from John Collins, fell to the 11 th Eastern Conference Place.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has beaten Denver 106 – 89.
Decisive, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander managed the second triple double of his career in the NBA with 25 points, 11 bounces and 12 assists.
Darius Bazley scored 16 points and taken 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who had six double-digit markers.
Serbian Nikola Jokic only amassed 12 points for the Nuggets, who fall back to 7th rank.
The Los Angeles Clippers, now 5th in the West, won 105 – 89 in Sacramento.
Eric Bledsoe has marked 19 points for visitors while Paul George and Spain international Serge Ibaka have added 17 points each.
Tyrese Haliburton of the Sacramento Kings in a game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Golden 1 Center, in Sacramento, California, on 18 December 2021. (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP – Kavin Mistry) Tyrese Haliburton has been too lonely at the Kings with 21 points and 12 assists.
Toronto game at Chicago postponed because Raptors could not field the minimum eight players needed to compete due to Covid protocols.